This Week in Montreal: August 3 to 9

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Marianne Fiset (Photo: Maxime Tremblay)

This Week in Montreal: August 3 to 9

Carmen at OSM’s Classical Spree
A must-see event at the end of the summer, the 4th Classical Spree will begin on August 5 with a free outdoors concert conducted by Kent Nagano. This year, a shortened version of Bizet’s Carmen will be presented at the Olympic Park, featuring Michèle Losier, Joseph Kaiser and Marianne Fiset. As in previous years, 30 low-price 45-minute concerts and a variety of free activities will take place on August 7 and 8, to present the beauties of classical music to the public. In a highly-anticipated concert, Canadian violinist James Ehnes will perform Frank Zappa’s Envelopes. Kent Nagano will conduct Beethoven’s famous 5th Symphony, and organist Jean-Willy Kunz, in the company of animator Patrice Bélanger, will present Le Carnaval des animaux to children, using multimedia projections as well as the various sonorities of the Pierre-Béique organ. Jazz pianist Oliver Jones will be present, along with other celebrities of the classical music scene. August 5 to 8. www.vireeclassique.osm.ca
L’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval
The city of Laval turns 50 this year. In celebration, the Orchestre symphonique de Laval, under Alain Trudel’s baton, is giving free concerts in parks and public spaces throughout the city. On August 6, the concert in honour of Laval’s birthday will take place at the Centropolis and feature soprano Marie-Josée Lord. Two additional concerts will be held: August 13 at the Berge aux Quatre-Vents at 7:30 pm and August 16, 2 pm, on the grounds of the Hôpital de la Cité de la Santé. www.osl.qc.ca
McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA)
MISQA was established in 2010. The Academy invites emeritus professors annually who share their experience with four exceptional quartets and four emerging ones. The opening concert on August 9 will be with the Miró Quartet, and the Parker Quartet will perform at the closing concert on August 22. The Grands Concerts are at Pollack Hall on August 13,14, 20 and 21 at 7 pm and at Tanna Schulich Hall on August 15 and 22, 2 pm August 9 – 22. www.misqa.com
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Michèle est traductrice et représentante en vente à La Scena Musicale, et y occupait précédemment le poste d’assistante à la rédaction. Après avoir obtenu son baccalauréat en musique à l’Université d’Ottawa en 2014, elle s’est établie à Montréal pour y poursuivre une maitrise en théorie musicale à l’université McGill. Elle complète présentement une thèse au sujet des tempéraments inégaux au 19e siècle et de leur influence sur la musique de Frédéric Chopin. Elle débutera un doctorat en musique à City University of New York en septembre 2016. Le piano, la guitare, et la lecture comptent parmi ses autres intérêts.

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